Why choose Mayo Clinic

By Mayo Clinic Staff

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Babies and infants diagnosed with cerebral palsy may have weakness, stiff muscles or unusual movements. They may not meet their developmental milestones on time. Your doctor may see signs of cerebral palsy soon after your baby's birth or sometime in the first two years.

To ensure the best possible health and development outcome, your child with cerebral palsy is likely to need coordinated care by a number of doctors in various specialties during the growing years. As your child grows to adulthood, Mayo Clinic can provide a smooth transition from pediatric care to coordinated medical care with adult care doctors.

Why choose Mayo Clinic for cerebral palsy

  • Experience. Mayo Clinic doctors have experience treating cerebral palsy. Every year, Mayo Clinic doctors treat many children and adults with cerebral palsy. Mayo Clinic doctors evaluate and treat about 810 people with cerebral palsy each year.
  • Expertise. Mayo Clinic doctors have expertise in the treatment of cerebral palsy and the movement problems and other disorders that often accompany the condition.
  • Team approach. An integrated team of doctors and other health care professionals diagnose and treat children and adults with cerebral palsy. The team provides coordinated care for children and adults with cerebral palsy.

A team can include doctors trained in many areas, including brain and nervous system conditions (neurologists), treatment of children with brain and nervous system conditions (pediatric neurologists), brain and nervous system surgery (neurosurgeons), conditions of the bones and skeletal surgery (orthopedic surgeons), physical medicine and rehabilitation, and other areas.

Doctors collaborate with therapists, nurses, dietitians, physical and occupational therapists, nurses, social workers, and others trained to help people overcome limitations and make the most of their capabilities.

Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., is ranked among the Best Hospitals for neurology and neurosurgery and for orthopedics by U.S. News & World Report. Mayo Clinic in Scottsdale, Ariz., is ranked among the Best Hospitals for neurology and neurosurgery and for orthopedics by U.S. News & World Report. Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, Fla., is ranked among the Best Hospitals for neurology and neurosurgery and high performing for orthopedics by U.S. News & World Report. Mayo Clinic also ranks among the Best Children's Hospitals for neurology and neurosurgery and for orthopedics.

Aug. 16, 2013